Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals – Journey to 2030
As one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world, tourism is increasingly recognized as a vital contributor to job and wealth creation, economic growth, environmental protection and poverty alleviation. Indeed, a well-designed and managed tourism can help preserve the natural and cultural heritage assets upon which it depends, empower host communities, generate trade opportunities, and foster peace and intercultural understanding. Nevertheless, the growing number of people travelling internationally and domestically each year also produce pressures in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, economic leakages, resource management and impact on local communities and cultural assets. Therefore, the harnessing of tourism’s positive contribution to sustainable development and the mitigation of the sector’s adverse effects calls for strong partnerships and decisive action by all tourism stakeholders.